Trailer is a 16' Scamp
fully loaded. Haven't weighed it but my best guess is 2,500-2,700 total weight
. With most of our gear in the front bathroom, tongue weight
is around 250lbs. We tow at most 10-15 days out of the year so the vehicle will primarily be a daily driver.
Towing capacity of 2,700 lbs or better
Mileage less than 30,000 (with a little factory warranty left over)
Price less than $30,000 (ideally around $25,000)
Room for a full size greyhound (wagons and suvs primarily since he won't sit on a backseat)
Desired features: Heated seats, leather, auto climate, keyless entry, bluetooth, fun to drive.
Nice to have: backup camera, nav
Non starters: Anything from GM or Jeep. Sorry but the build quality is simply not up to my standards.
What I've looked into thus far...
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.
We've had Jeep/Dodge products in the past but I drove one just to be sure. I like the fact it comes in stick shift, but the road noise is unbearable and interior build quality is marginal at best. Gas mileage is horrible. Reliability will become an issue as the vehicle ages.
Quieter than the Wrangler but still very "truck" like. Also comes in stick which is a bonus. Obviously caters toward outdoorsy crowd but interior is plain and out dated. Gas mileage is horrible. Had mixed reviews about reliability. After driving a new one I just didn't have that "I have to take this home" feeling.
Non-start was the suicide doors. I'm just not interested. Didn't test drive.
Haven't driven it yet but my wife has a Focus. Not a fan of all the buttons and do-dads that come with MyFordTouch or whatever they call it. My wife constantly has issues pairing her phone and getting her iPod to work. But still, the specs look good if I can find a used one with the tow package.
Mazda CX-5 GT
I mention this because I was hoping it would be an alternative to the Escape
. However it won't work for my camper because the towing capacity is only 2,000lbs. I did test drive it though. It is fun and sporty but a little small on the inside.
Mazda CX-9 Touring
Feels big, almost too big for just my wife and I. However I really like the interior and the look is somewhat timeless. It's not a show stopper but it won't be outdated in 5 years. I'm already familiar with Mazda's instrument layout since I'm currently driving one. I'd say its my top pick right now.
This is a bit out of my price range but I sat in one at the auto show and really liked the seats. Haven't had a chance to drive one but I think I'll have to sacrifice my mileage requirement to get one...otherwise the price will be well over $30k.
Haven't done much research into Subaru, Honda, and Toyota but I'm open to suggestions.